Italian Fa Rejects Goal Line Technology Even After Vital Mistake Made With Sulley Muntari’s ‘ghost Goal’

Posted On Friday, 12th April 2013

Sulley Muntari's ghost goal against Juventus

Sulley Muntari’s ghost goal against Juventus

By Ameenu Shardow

Italy’s football federation boss Giancarlo Abete says goal line technology is not needed in Serie A despite persistent calls for it due to key mistakes made during matches especially with the one involving Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari.

Muntari scored what replays confirmed was a perfect goal in last season’s top-of-the-table clash between Milan and Juventus – a game many believe tilted last season’s championship fight in favour of Antonio Conte’s side.

The Ghana international had his ‘perfect goal’ disallowed at a time the Rossoneri were leading 1-0 and were in firm control of the game.

Juventus however recovered from the early wobble to fetch an all-important equalizer which saw the game end 1-1.

The Bianconeri went on to win the championship unbeaten.

Critics however say their Serie-A feat last season was massively aided by the poor decision of the referee and his assistant to spot the perfect goal of Muntari – leading to heightened crusade for the introduction of goal line technology.

But Abete insists such technological innovations will not be brought into Serie-A.

“From the first day of the championship this season, the referees have perfectly identified all the situations,” he said.

“There has been no case of a wrong call in a ball-over-the line decision from the referees and assistant referees.

“In this moment, I don’t see any particular need for technology.”

Italy has this season followed the lead of European football’s governing body UEFA in introducing an additional linesman on each goal line.